For a while now I’ve been talking with a number of people about a ballet project I’m planning.  Many of you may have noticed my previous post, asking for contacts and information regarding ballet schools and companies around the world.  I've really had an impressive response so thank you all so much.  I thought I might explain a little further to clarify my thought process, build on existing ideas and receive some more feedback to allow this plan to take shape.  

This is a plan that is still developing in many ways.  At its core is teaching ballet and to help rising dance communities around the world by engaging in creative and collaborative projects with talented groups of people.  It has always been my plan of someday working with small groups of talented, creative and dedicated colleagues.  I know so many wonderful artists who I respect so much as people and as professionals who have become great writers, photographers, filmmakers, choreographers, costume designers and many more.  Together, we can connect small communities to the global community.  We can highlight incredible people doing amazing things in places where nobody would have thought that this would be done. We can discover, and help spread, the changing image of classical ballet from an elite European art form to the multicultural, international icon it is turning into today.

I have come to enjoy spreading my experience of ballet to people as a way of helping others and as a way to give back to an art form that has given so much to me.  It’s no secret that I love to travel. As much as I love the grand cities of Europe and North America, I have come to love many areas around the world where ballet is still in its early years and some where it hasn’t caught on at all.  I feel I can be of great service to ballet communities in culturally rich areas that differ significantly from my own and give them my knowledge in ballet

From the beginning of this plan, one of the biggest and most obvious questions has been finance.  As I began contacting companies and schools a common theme appeared, “we would love to have you but we cannot afford the expenses.”  As I looked at options to see how I could make something like this possible, one of the first ideas I had, became a clear choice. Crowdfunding has begun to enter the mainstream vocabulary and I believe it is an extremely useful tool.  I would be very interested to hear the experiences of those who have had exposure to this kind of financing or indeed any other ideas.

The possibilities are endless and I hope everyone can spare a few minutes to help me out and let me know what you think of it so far, ideas you have or find ways you could be involved.  Thank you so much to everybody who has helped me develop this project thus far and thank you in advance to everybody who would like to join in and help me take this idea to the next level.